Indore, Oct 9: Indian skipper Virat Kohli hammered a listless New Zealand attack with a superlative double hundred as the hosts piled up a mammoth 557 for five on the second day of the third cricket Test here.
Kohli stroked his way to a career-best 211 and was brilliantly supported by Ajinkya Rahane, who also notched up his highest score of 188 as the home team gained a clear upperhand on a pitch that will only get difficult to bat with passage of time.
Here are statistical highlights on day two of the third cricket Test between India and New Zealand:
# Virat Kohli has become the first Indian skipper to hit two double centuries in Tests. He has achieved the distinction in the same year in Tests.
# Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were the first four Indian captains to post a double century each in Tests.
# Kohli is the fifth Indian batsman to register two double centuries in a year in Tests, joining Sachin Tendulkar (2004 & 2010), Vinod Kambli (1993), Rahul Dravid (2003) and Virender Sehwag (2008).
# Kohli has become the fourth skipper to post a double century vs New Zealand in Tests, joining Sachin Tendulkar - 217 at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000; Allan Border - 205 at Adelaide in 1987-88 and Hanif Mohammad - 203 not out at Lahore in 1964-65.
# Kohli's superb knock is his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 200 vs West Indies at North Sound in July 2016. He has become the second Indian skipper to post a double century vs New Zealand in Tests - the first being Sachin Tendulkar - 217 at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000.
# Kohli has become the fourth Indian captain to record two innings of 150 or more in the same year in Tests - the distinguished captains being Vijay Hazare (1951), Sunil Gavaskar (1978), Mohammd Azharuddin (1990) and Virat Kohli (2016).
# Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were involved in a stand of 365 - India's highest fourth-wicket partnership in Tests, obliterating the 353 between VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar vs Australia at Sydney in January 2004.
# The partnership is India's fifth highest for any wicket in Tests - their second highest for any wicket vs New Zealand next only to the 413 for the first wicket between Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy at Chennai in January 1956.
# Kohli and Rahane have faced 672 balls - the most number of balls faced by an Indian pair in Tests, surpassing the 658 balls faced by Pujara and Vijay during their 370-run partnership for the second wicket vs Australia at Hyderabad in March 2013.
# The balls faced by Kohli and Rahane are the most by any pair in a partnership vs New Zealand in Tests. # Ajinkya Rahane (188 off 381 balls) has recorded his highest score in Tests, eclipsing the 147 vs Australia at Melbourne in December 2014.
# Rahane is averaging fifty-plus for the first time in Tests - his aggregate being 2186 runs (ave.50.83), including eight centuries and nine fifties, in 29 Tests.
# Among the players with 2,000 runs or more in Tests, Rahane is the fourth Indian batsmen to average fifty-plus in Tests - the top three being Sachin Tendulkar (53.78), Rahul Dravid (52.63) and Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
# Rahane, with 567 runs at an average of 81.00, including two centuries and two fifties, in seven Tests, is the top run-getter for India in Tests this year.
# Rahane's average of 81.00 is the highest by an Indian batsman in Tests this year. # In nine consecutive Test series, Rahane has scored atleast 90. He is the only Indian batsman to accomplish the feat.
# India (557 for five wickets declared) have recorded their third highest total vs New Zealand in Tests - the highest two are 583 for 7 wickets declared at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000 and 566 for 8 wickets declared at Nagpur in 2010-11.
# India's previous highest fourth-wicket stand vs New Zealand in Tests was 281 between Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly at Ahmedabad in 1999-2000.
# Matt Henry conceded 127 runs without taking any wicket - the most runs conceded by a New Zealand fast bowler without taking a wicket in an innings vs India. Australia's Michael Kasprowicz had conceded 139 runs at Kolkata in March 2001 - the most by any fast bowler in an innings without taking a wicket vs India.
# Virat Kohli (211) and Ajinkya Rahane (188) have provided the second instance when number 4 & 5 batsmen have recorded 150 or more in the same Test innings for India - the first instance being Sachin Tendulkar (241 not out) and VVS Laxman (178) vs Australia at Sydney in January 2004.
# Rohit Sharma's fourth half century vs New Zealand is his seventh in Tests.
# Rohit's stats in the present series are superb - his tally being 238 (ave.79.33) in five innings, including three fifties. For the first time in a Test rubber, he has recorded three fifties.